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Xenos 2013

Black Diamond


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The Xenos harness gives you prime winter functionality for all your ice and mixed climbing pursuits. The Xenos’ Speed Adjust buckles on the waist and leg loops accommodate varying layers throughout the season, and the bullhorn-shaped waist built with Kinetic Core Construction maximizes comfort and minimizes bulk and weight by using multiple strands of Vectran sandwiched between taffeta and lightweight foam, in combination with a padded lumbar insert.

-Pre-threaded Speed Adjust waistbelt and leg buckles
-Bullhorn-shaped waistbelt built using Kinetic Core Construction
-6 Ice Clipper slots allow customized racking
-4 pressure-molded gear loops
-12 kN-rated haul loop
-Breathable, padded lumbar insert
-Constructed with water-shedding materials

Retail price

US$ 129.95

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Weight (g)


In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

If there are differences in weight (due to multiple sizes or optional accessories) we'll list them here.

The default weight is the middle-most size, often this is size M.

460 g

Gender Unisex
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Gear Loops

Number of Gear Loops

Gear loops are used to hold gear (quickdraws, cams, etc) onto your harness. 4 gear loops is most common.

0 - 1 Gear Loops

Most often on full body harnesses or guide/gym style harnesses.

2-3 Gear Loops

Mostly found on lighter harnesses made for [ski] mountaineering or high-end sport climbing where weight is a high priority.

4 - 5 Gear Loops

The standard/most common number for climbing harnesses. Perfect for sport and trad.

More Than 6 Gear Loops

Designed for long multi-pitch and big wall climbing, found on harnesses made to hold the maximum amount of gear.

Worth Considering

Occasionally, the number of gear loops will change on a harness model depending on the size. There could be 7 gear loops for the med/large but only 5 gear loops for the xsmall/small. In this case we list the highest number for the filters, and then write an explanation on the product page like, “Size S/XS can only fit 5 gear loops.”

4 Gear loops
Ice Clip Slots

Ice Clip Slot

Ice clipper slots are made to fit a carabiner that holds ice screws. These slots are generally only used by ice climbers but there is no disadvantage to having them on your harness.

Less than 40% of harnesses will have ice clipper slots. And those harnesses will usually have 2 or 4 slots, often located next to, or between, the gear loops.

Yes, 6
Belay / Tie-In One Loop
Waist Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Leg Buckle Type Quick Adjust
Drop Seat Yes
Haul Loop

Haul Loop

Trad climbers often look for a haul loop as they're intended to haul a rope (second line) or pack (while you climb the chimney).

A haul loop can also hold shoes or other accessories. Although not the intended use, it is also commonly used to hold a chalk bag.

Yes  (12kN)
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Size Chart ­
Details of Xenos Harness
Xenos 2013 Harness Reviews

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Four beefy gear loops are molded to stick out from the harness, making racking and releasing gear a breeze. The loops hang low so they don't interfere with a pack hip belt. There are six ice clipper slots, with one three on each side located where the gear loops meet the waist belt. This is a good location to minimize interference with loop-racked gear. The haul loop on back is bomber, rated at 12kN. The whole enchilada weighs in at 18oz, and even though that's twice as heavy as your redpoint rig, the Xenos is so comfortable and well-designed don't be surprised if you find yourself living in it whatever you're climbing.